StarBurst® Talon RFA Device

The StarBurst Talon RFA electrode offers clinicians 4 cm ablations in a side-deployment device specifically designed for applications in lesions that may be mobile in soft tissue or adjacent to critical structures. The StarBurst Talon RFA electrode can be used in laparoscopic, percutaneous and intraoperative procedures. It is part of the RITA® infusion system family of products which uses the IntelliFlow Pump to deliver precise amounts of normal saline to the ablation zone. The saline infusion technology allows the Talon RFA electrode to quickly create 4 cm ablations in an average of 11 minutes.



  • Fast 4 cm spherical ablation in an average of 11 minutes using Innovative Infusion-Based RFA which overcomes the limitations of traditional dry electrodes
  • Surgically tapered cutting tip to penetrate and anchor soft tissue tumors
  • Single device placement for surface or difficult-to-reach lesions
  • Proprietary, real-time temperature feedback from all four electrode tines ensures controlled ablations and predictable outcomes


  • Side-deployment allows easier penetration of mobile tumors
  • Easy to position for both surface and difficult to reach dome lesions
  • Integrated disposable main cable and tubing allows for easy set-up
  • Solid tip allows easier penetration of hard tumors
  • Creates fast, spherical 4 cm ablations
  • Multi-point temperature feedback provides controlled ablation
  • Infusion-based system increases conductivity of ablation zone
  • Needle track ablation
  • Used for percutaneous, laparoscopic and open cases
  • Bending capacity of 90 degrees allows for easy entry into CT, without sacrificing penetration depth


  • Four active arrays plus active trocar tip
  • Thermocouple in tip of each active array

Important Risk Information

INDICATION FOR USE: The StarBurst Talon Electrosurgical Device is a tool to transmit monopolar radiofrequency energy (provided by the Model 1500X RF Generator) in conjunction with the IntelliFlow Infusion pump. It is indicated for use in percutaneous, laparoscopic, or intraoperative coagulation and ablation of soft tissue, including the partial or complete ablation of non-resectable liver lesions and palliation of pain associated with metastatic lesions involving bone in patients who have failed or are not candidates for standard pain therapy. CAUTION: Federal (USA) law restricts these devices to sale by or on the order of a physician. CONTRAINDICATIONS: None known. WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS: For single use only. Do not bend or kink the trocar or the needles or exert forceful pressure on Device while it is deployed in the tissue; do not attach anything (i.e., clamps, etc.) to the Device, or use metal introducers that do not have insulation; inadvertent patient injury may result. To ensure safe and effective use follow the manufacturer’s directions and recommended practices for the preparation, placement, surveillance, removal and use of the dispersive electrode. To achieve the desired ablation follow the manufacturer’s guidelines of ablation time and temperature. Ensure that the device is placed at least 1 cm away from structures not intended for ablation. In laparoscopic procedures, care must be taken to avoid a gas embolism, and activation of the device when not in contact with target tissue may cause capacitive coupling. In some cases, a liver lesion will only be partially destroyed; the final determination of the success of lesion destruction can only be made by imaging studies following the procedure and during regular long-term follow-up. For ablation of painful bone metastases, do not perform RF ablation in weight-bearing bone with evidence of impending fracture. Pathologic fracture is more prevalent and serious in long bone. The Talon is not MRI safe. Please see package insert for complete list of warnings and precautions. POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS: Published reports on the use of the RFA system indicate low overall complication rates. These include bleeding, abscesses and, in cases involving the treatment of bone tumors, fractures and nerve damage.

Indications, contraindications, warnings and instructions for use can be found in the instructions for use supplied with each device. Observe all instructions prior to use. Failure to do so may result in patient complications.